Islamabad derivative of two words, “Islam” and “Abad” meaning “City of Islam”. Its population is about 2 million and located in the Pothohar Plateau in the north-east region of the country, inside the Islamabad Capital Territory. Islamabad is base of the greatest masjid in South Asia “Faisal masjid”, which is also the fourth biggest masjid in the world. Islamabad is a city with highest literacy rate in Pakistan. The inhabitants of Islamabad are polite and extremely certified. Islamabad is called “Educational Heart” of Pakistan and has 16 best universities among which Allama Iqbal Open University is in the list of world’s biggest universities by registration. Islamabad is fantastic place which attracts visitors from everywhere. Top 10 Tourist places in Islamabad are:
10) Shah Faisal Masjid
Shah Faisal Masjid the greatest masjid in South Asia and the fourth biggest masjid in the world. It is the sacred masjid in the Muslim world, notable for both its astonishing architectural expressive style wrapping up an arena of 5,000 square meters with its capability of having 300,000 believers in it at once. Its design was presented by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay’s and its construction was donated by the authorities of Saudi Arabia which was about 130 million Saudi riyals. The tomb of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq is situated next to the masjid. It is situated at one side of Islamabad just in front of magnificent Margalla Hills at the termination of Shah rah-e-Islamabad, It is a central point of capital of Pakistan, extremely popular and symbolized icon of Islamabad.
9) Margalla Hills
Margalla Hills with a stunning beautiful region of 12,605 hectares is situated on north-east of Islamabad, Pakistan. There are numerous spots for mounting in the foothills of Margalla hills. Most touristic places are situated on walkway and hiking up on hill. Margalla Hills have 40 million years ancient rocks and fossils remains of aquatic living. It’s a most advantageous point for holidaymakers coming from everywhere.
Daman-e-Koh, A stunning point sited on upmost spot of the Margalla hills 3000 ft. above sea level and about 1000 ft. above from town Islamabad. Daman-e-Koh is a center of attraction of all visitors who arrive from everyplace of Pakistan and from around the world to watch this marvelous place. You can also see here a bird-eye view of Capital City Islamabad. It’s a spot in the hills around Islamabad. The whole city can be viewed from here. Even Rawal Dam Lake and a glorious view of whole Islamabad can be can be viewed from Daman-e-Koh. It’s a Perfect picnic spot with several facilities maintained & serviced by government of Pakistan.
7) The Parliament House
The Parliament House in Islamabad was designed by Edward Durel Stone, a designer from United States built on 28th May, 1986 after an effort of 11 years. Parliament House building have 5 stories with floor space around 598,000 sq. feet .It’s ground floor covers an area of 176,889 sq. feet owning main entrance hall, restaurant, camber, dispensary, mail service, telegraph offices, PIA booking bureau and a masjid with accommodation of 450 Namazi’s. Directive signs have been embodied throughout the Parliament House to ease the motion of visitors.
Shakarparian is derivative of two words from Potohari language “Shakar” signifying “sweet” and “Parian” from “Parao” standing for “a place to stay”. Shakarparian is a marvelous place comprises of hills and a topical parkland situated near zero point in Islamabad, Pakistan. Shakarparian is a place which provides an eye catching beauteous view of twin cities Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Pakistan memorial is also situated in Shakarparian. An exceptional reality about Shakarparian is that whenever any country lead comes Pakistan he/she implants a tree as a symbolization of their friendly relationship which ultimately enhances the intensity of this relationship.
5) The Centaurus
The Centaurus Building was projected by the British architectural company WS Atkins located in Islamabad, Pakistan. It consists of three skyscrapers, carrying organized offices, residential flats and a 5-star hotel. The most marvelous three skyscrapers have 41 floors and all are connected by a shopping mall. The Centaurus Hotel is the symbolization of afresh and advanced Pakistan. It’s calculated price equals to $350 million USD. The Centaurus shopping mall is situated over four-story, having around 250 shops, a five-screen movie theater and a “fun city” for children.
4) Islamabad Zoo
Islamabad Zoo, old name “Marghazar Zoo” an extremely known public parkland situated next to Pir Sohawa Road, Islamabad. It covers an area of 82-acre and was built in 1978. Presently, it is under the supervision of administration of Capital Development Authority of Pakistan. Pakistani government is paying good attention in saving wild life section. There are many kind of creatures in the zoo. It offers refreshment & entertainment to people of all ages. Parent’s take their children to zoo for enjoyment.
3) Rawal Lake
Rawal Lake is the artificial lake of drinking fresh water supply for people residing in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Rawal Lake is situated inside the separated division of Village Malpur, Bani Gala and Margalla Hills National Park. It is the most beautiful outing point for the visitors. Here visitors can enjoy fishing, picnic & boating.
2) Japanese Park
Japanese Park is an extremely marvelous outing point situated on Pir Sohawa Road, close to Islamabad Zoo Pakistan. Japanese park covering an area of 25 acres with variety of 152 challenging swings was gifted Pakistani children by Japanese government in December 30, 1985.Japanese Park Islamabad is a stunning park with first-class playing field and plenty of entertaining activities for children including: swings, monkey bars, slides, and many more. It offers refreshment & entertainment to people of all ages. Parent’s love to take their children to such a beautiful place
1) Simly Dam
Simly Dam is 260 foot high above the surface of earth on Soan River at a distance of 30 km east of Islamabad, Pakistan. It was built by Capital Development Authority however it was supposed to be built in 1972 but due to certain delay it was constructed in 1983. It’s the biggest artificial lake of drinking fresh water supply for people residing in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The water saved in the dam is flowed by the running snow & fountains of Murree hills. Boating and Fishing are two primary recreational activities here. For fishing, you must have a fishing permit from CDA (Capital Development Authority), Islamabad.